Suggestions on Reading Poetry

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speak the words of those poems that you come to treasure. If you find yourself re-visiting a poem because the words speak to you, then speak them back, tell them to your cat, share them with a friend or lover, shout them to the wind, allow the poem to live through your own breath. You will be thankful that you did. –from A Made Thing

Suggestions on Reading Poetry is an ongoing column series of Heyday Magazine. Here our Editor-in-Chief Chris Wood gives advice and encouragement in the pursuit of engaging poetry better as a reader, and subsequently benefiting your writing of poetry. As such, each essay in the series aims to draw attention to the correlation between reading and writing.

Containing five critical articles full of suggestions on reading poetry, each essay also contains poetry written for each topic. Enhancing your focused reading is critical to the output of better writing.

If you’ve had a bad experience with poetry in the past, either from a careless hack, or a force-fed text, try not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, just yet. There are amazing and potentially life-altering poems out there, waiting to be discovered and fill your life with wonder. –from Our Highest Art Form

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